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The Simple Power of Adult Presence: boarding schools have it, teenagers appreciate it

At Wolfeboro, The Summer Boarding School, we have a phrase and practice- the power of presence. By which, we mean simply being present as an adult; you don’t have to say anything; you just have to be present, cognizant, aware, and available to our teenage students. Happily, the quality parenting of a teenager may sometimes […]

13 Questions to Help You Observe & Understand A Boarding School’s Residential Life Curriculum!

A couple of weeks back, I wrote Learn How to Use Your Campus Tour and Interview to Your Advantage. As we move further into the campus tour and interview season, today, I want to remind families to consider what we used to call the unwritten curriculum. (I say ‘used to’ because many schools now have […]

What Every Parents Need to Know About What Makes a Great Boarding School Teacher

We keep coming back to the quality, strength, and lasting influence of boarding school faculty. Faculty strength comes up repeatedly when you listen, alumni, current and past parents, and students. One is hard pressed to find a family with boarding school experience that doesn’t speak highly of their faculty- past and present. Great, engaged, connecting, […]

Five Things Families Should Know About the 2015-2016 Boarding School Admission Process: Advice from Two Admission Directors

Advice on the boarding school admission process from two admission directors.

Christine Savini and Dr. Olivia Morehead-Slaughter Contribute to Bement School’s diversity teaching

Christine Savini and Dr. Olivia Morehead-Slaughter speak at Bement School about diversity teaching

WWE Star John Cena Gives a Knockout Graduation Speech

WWE star John Cena gives a graduation speech for the books. Watch him address the Cushing Academy class of 2015!

Six Important Life Lessons Boarding Schools Teach

New York Time columnist David Brooks struck readers’ collective nerves this past Sunday with a piece titled “The Moral Bucket List.” He reflects on people he sees, who selflessly contribute to their communities and others. I bring Brooks into this space because good boarding school communities teach so much of what he sees that creates […]

A Guided Tour of West Nottingham Academy

Let student tour guides, Adele, Ryan and McKayla share West Nottingham Academy and their WNA experiences with you. They do great job of introducing viewers to the oldest boarding school in America. WNA features a warm, strong community with a wide array of programs and opportunities. Adele, Ryan and McKayla cover all aspects of WNA […]

Your Student Has Been Away at Boarding School For a Few Weeks Now: What the Heck is Going On?

It’s time to revisit another article that I’ve kept floating on my desk since April – Keith Robinson and Angel Harris’ Parental Involvement is Overrated. (Yes, I really do keep articles on my desk and in mind.) The piece may have run in April but I think for new – and to a lesser extent […]

How Does Your School Limit Screen Time?

Does, or how does, a school monitor, control, limit screen time? This question has been bouncing around my head for a couple of weeks now. Nick Bilton’s New York Times piece, Steve Jobs Was a Low-Tech Parent prompts some more thinking on the topic and the question: How does your school limit or police screen […]

Working Through Boarding School Homesickness

Most schools are now a week, or two, into the school year. For new boarding school students, the age old affliction — homesickness — is manifesting itself. If you’re a teacher, parent, or grandparent with a homesick student, we’ve got a great resource to help you understand what your student is going through and how […]

Goodbye, cat: back-to-boarding-school rituals

Fiona the calico cat has climbed into the box and made a nest for herself among the towels from Bed, Bath & Beyond. She watches, head on paws, as her mistress, Catherine, packs for boarding school two time zones away. Soon the cardboard will be sealed up and shipped UPS Ground. One early morning Catherine will scratch […]

From Chemistry Teacher to Headmaster: Arch Smith Celebrates 40 Years at Trinity-Pawling

When I got word of Arch Smith’s retirement announcement a few days back, I thought, “He’s been there forever. How can he leave?” An incongruous set of questions, I know, but Arch has been at T-P…almost forever. Thirty-nine years so far and, next year, Arch and Gay will conclude forty years on one school campus. […]

Advice for Boarding School Orientation and Beyond

Earlier today I answered a question seeking advice and what to know about the orientation and the opening days of boarding school. I answer and have written lots about what to bring and how to think about what to bring. I’m sharing this question and my reply because I like it’s philosophical nature. It’s not […]

Grand River Academy: The Harlem Shake Academy Style

Anyone who’s lived and worked in boarding school knows the routine is a great help; you know what’s coming at you when. But, when the routine gets monotonous especially during the short days of winter when limited daylight and the cold push everyone indoors more than they might like, what do you do? We break […]

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